Eating Berries

One morning, while sitting at my desk, a Yellow-faced Honeyeater flew along the verandah and onto a Blue Ginger flower stalk.

This is what happened

Look at the lovely shiny berry on this plant
yellow faced honeyeater_blue ginger01_named_home_april 2018

Doesn’t it look lovely. Perhaps a nice snack.
yellow faced honeyeater_blue ginger02_named_home_april 2018

Hang on. Where did it go?
yellow faced honeyeater_blue ginger04_named_home_april 2018

Ohh look. It’s down there.
yellow faced honeyeater_blue ginger03_named_home_april 2018

This is March 2018

Here we are at what I saw in March.  There has been a couple of photo challenges I have done in March so some of those photos aren’t in this lot. It is another big photo post. There are a few photos of snakes, spiders and other insects but try to have a peek through your fingers when they come along. Nature is full of wondrous colours and shapes.

Of course there are flowers and birds plus my March obsession of spiders webs. So I do recommend getting your favourite drink and perhaps a snack as you settle in and have a look at my month of March.

OK, I’ll get the insects out of the way first for all those who have told me of their dislike of bugs. You will be rewarded with seeing some lovely little creatures from my world.

I’ll ease you into the insect section with a lovely Wanderer Butterfly
wanderer butterfly_binna burra_march 2018

Remember My Quest to photograph a Blue Triangle Butterfly. Well now it seems they are waiting for me. This Blue Triangle was on the road when we went for a walk.
blue triangle_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

There were a lot of Easten Common Brown Butterflies around this year.
eastern brown crow butterfly_named_binna burra_march 2018

A long range photo of a lovely bug with orange feelers. Some close ups are coming next.
beetle_named_binna birra_march 2018

When you are a small insect you really have to hang on if there is a breeze about.
insect_named_binna burra_march 2018

I look fearsome but I’m not.
insect_close_named_binna burra_march 2018

A small Fly with red eyes came to sit with us while we had a drink on the deck. Spiders next
fly_named_binna burra_march 2018

Remember the spiders web from my March Squares. Lots of people were glad the spider wasn’t in the web. Well here he is, all 5 or 6mm of him. Better watch out if you are a mossie.
spider_web_named_binna burra_march 2018

Some spiders hang up side down on their web.
spider_web_upsidedown_named_binna burra_march 2018

First prize in the messiest web. I love the droplets on the web from the morning mist.
spiders web_messy_named_binna burra_march 2018

As part of my obsession, I have been playing with my photo editor. Do you like this one?
spiders web_blackandwhite_named_binna burra_march 2018

A bit of respite now. A Lemon Migrant Butterfly on Lantana
lemon migrant_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

While on a day trip, we stopped at an art gallery which wasn’t all that great. Outside life was far more interesting. I found a Praying Mantis eating a Bee in the flower bed.
praying mantis_bee_named_blue knob_march 2018

This poor little bloke couldn’t get his wings folded
beetle_named_binna burra_march 2018

Photographing some grass seeds I was photo-bombed by a Dragonfly
dragonfly_photobomb_flowers rd_march 2018

I don’t think it was this lovely red Dragonfly. I love the shadow
dragonfly red_named_binna burra-march 2018

My favourite Australian Native Bees are the Blue-banded Bees which are in other posts this month. This Australian Native Bee has the best named of all. Let me introduce you to the Teddy Bear Bee. Do you know of a cuter bee name?
teddy bear bee_named_binna burra_march 2018

When we look out of the kitchen window at my besties place, neatly framed in the arch, waiting for his breakfast too is PJ the horse. He knows where to stand to get attention doesn’t he?
pj_horse_gate_named_binna burra_march 2018

The grass seed photo I talked about earlier.
grass seeds_named_flowers rd_march 2018

An Australian Native flower that grows at my place. This one was on the side of the road.
pea flower_named_jackadgery_march 2018

My besties Roses are lovely this year. The camera couldn’t capture the wonderful red colour though
red rose_named_binna burra_march 2018

A great year for Bromiliad flowering too.
bromiliad flower_named_binna burra_march 2018

This plant is called Ink Weed. Apparently you can make ink from the plant. Not sure which part but they did in the early days of the colony.
ink weed_ named_binna burra_march 2018

I have often shown the Blue Ginger flowers up close, sometimes with a Blue-banded Bee in them. This is one patch of them in my besties garden.
blue ginger flowers_named_binna burra_march 2018

I love Cats Whiskers flowers. They are just opening in March.
cats whiskers_flower_named_binna burra_march 2018

Aren’t the colours of the garden striking?
binna burra garden_named_march 2018

Remember the many posts about the Dancing Lady Hibiscus. Here is a shot of the many flowers that came out this year taken from the verandah where we sometimes have breakfast, the most flowers we have ever seen. The Hibiscus bush trails up the Poinciana tree trunks. How many Dancing Ladies can you count?
dancing lady hibiscus_named_binna burra-march 2018

A tiny Eco-system in a tree trunk on the side of the road.
tree life_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

The fence post was covered on one side with these fungi.
fungi_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

A lone fungus on the side of the hill.
fungi_named_flowers rd_march 2018

I love this shot from under the Poinciana tree at the small fungi high up.
fungus_tree_named_binna burra_march 2018

The Common Garden Skink, I call a Copper Headed Skink, doing its best not to look at the camera before it scurried away.
copper garden skink_named_binna burra_march 2018

Apart from flowers, fungi, birds, the Poinciana also has a non-venomous Green Tree Snake who lives in the hollows. These Pythons are harmless
green tree snake_named_binna burra_march 2018

Beautiful little snake. Aren’t the colours and markings lovely?
green tree snake_close_named_binna burra_march 2018

I wondered why the chook was hesitant about coming out of her yard. When she did she would run across the yard to a sheltered spot. She never came into the front garden. Then I spied why. The Square-tailed Kites have built a nest in a eucalypt in the front yard
kites nest_named_home_march 2018
The Black Kites are everywhere near the Lismore Waste Centerblack kite_named_lismore_march 2018
On  a drive to Caniaba, while waiting for some dairy cows to cross the road, I saw two Wedged-tailed Eagles wheeling about high in the sky.wedged tailed eagles_caniaba_named_march 2018

The Little Wattlebird enjoyed singing and searching for food in the Poinciana tree
little wattlebird_named_binna burra_march 2018

He saw me with my camera while up side down looking for grubs.
little wattlebird_looking_named_binna burra_march 2018

The tiny Buff-rumped Thornbill defied gravity looking for a snack in the Poinciana tree  too
buff rumped thornbill_named_binna burra_march 2018

A Golden Whistler was in fine voice in the Poinciana tree.
golden whistler_named_binna burra_march 2018

Another singer in the garden is the Varied Triller
varied triller_named_binna burra_march 2018

A flock of Silvereyes called in to have a feed
silvereye_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

A Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike strained to see if it was food or just the wind blowing leaves about
black faced cuckoo shrike_named_binna burra_march 2018

On a recent walk, I spied a young Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike harassing its parent for food
black faced cuckoo shrike_juvenile_named_jackadgery_march 2018

“Where is everyone?” the Pied Cormorant seemed to say as it looked around before diving for fish once more in the Brunswick River.
cormorant_named_brunswick river_march 2018

Meanwhile on the beach at Brunswick Heads, a Welcome Swallow found a convenient stick to perch
welcome swallow_named_brunswick heads_march 2018

Remember the Bromiliad Flower? The Lewins Honeyeater has been sticking his head into the flower to get a snack. The flower also rewarded him but giving him a pollen crown.
lewins honeyeater_pollen head_named_binna burra_march 2018

I love Wonga Pigeons. This pair were sitting in the garden preening and looking about.
wonga pigeons_named_binna burra_march 2018

The Grey Fantail looked like he was walking on stilts.
grey fantail_stilts_named_flowers rd_march 2018

A great moment in March was seeing the Green Catbird feeding her young. Seconds later another young one came along which disturbed the scene and soon all three had flown off.
catbirds_feeding young_named_binna burra_march 2018

I can’t do a post with birds and not included Bobbin, the cute resident Northern Yellow Robin. I recently discovered that I have been calling the Yellow Robins around here and at my besties, Eastern Yellow Robins. There are two distinct races of Yellow Robins. So from now on Bobbin and his friends are Northern Yellow Robins.
northern yellow robin_table_named_binna burra_march 2018

Thanks for getting this far. I even made a second coffee to keep me going to the end.

The afternoon colour and trees looked so lovely
yellow sky_trees_named_binna burra_march 2018

The Full Moon earlier in March looked great with the clouds drifting by.
moon_clouds_named_march 2018

I like to put the captions before the photo. What do you do? Do you prefer the captions before or after a photo? Let me know what you think?

Did you have a favourite photo from March?

Blue Ginger

Inspired by last weeks Mundane Monday Challenge I took this photo yesterday for this weeks Mundane Monday Challenge #133

The Blue Ginger has always held a fascination whether it id a bee or spider on the flower or just the majesty of the tall brilliant blue flower scattered throughout the garden. This is a different view of a Blue Ginger flower, before the many small flowers open.

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Orange Flowers

For the month of October Cee over at Cee’s Photography has been posting orange flowers for her Flower of the Day. I have been meaning to join in but haven’t posted an orange flower a day. I decided to just do one post with all the orange flowers I have in my folders.

Enjoy the orange flowers

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Geoffs Garden

My last post, can be viewed here, I mentioned my elderly neighbour Geoff had died. He was a good friend who often came for a cuppa on the verandah on a Sunday to tell of his latest addition to his chooks or what was happening in his garden or have a whinge about his “situation” (I am not going into that as it is too personal and also makes me too angry). He often told of his life, which was very often repeated, where he worked and of his family. One of the amazing coincidences was that we both went to the same High School, although he was there around 21 years before me. He was a great friend to me. Geoff was a Boilermaker by trade and his skills in doing things that i had no idea about, helped my development as a “man of the land”. I helped him in showing him the ways of nature and how the place we live in was very special, possibly developing him as a “bushboy”

There are many a story from the old days but in this I am relating the story of Geoff the gardener whose plants I have in my garden. When Geoff was to go into aged care as he really needed to have the caring he needed, he said to me “come and get as many plants and cuttings as you want” although his family (a cousin and niece as he never married or had any female relationships) did frown upon my doing so.

One of the things he said was that if he died he was leaving me his chooks in his will. Just before he left he asked me to come and get his chooks. A couple are still here, see this link, and are another reminder of Geoff.

Some of the plants I did go to Geoffs’ place and get are flowering and others are well and healthy.

This is his garden. I never took my camera to his place but I did a couple of times. So please enjoy Geoffs Garden.

This is the way into Geoffs place. The power lines to the left are a clearing and the main garden is on the right
geoffs garden_driveway_named_oct 2017
The sign at the front. Geoff said it meant the Gates of Heaven but if my Italian is correct it means Sky Harbour. I didn’t have the heart to tell him it should have been Porte del Cielogeoffs garden_property name_named_oct 2017
This is the only small piece of his garden that I have. The Hippeastrums that year were splendid.geoffs garden_view_named_oct 2017

Geoff  had some Australian native plants in his garden. The Candle Banksia was one my favourites
geoffs garden_candle banksia_named_oct 2017

There were some Grevilleas but not as many as I have.
geoffs garden_grevillea_named_oct 2017

He had a lot of birds at his place as well. Brown Honeyeaters enjoyed his Grevilleas.
geoffs garden_grevillea_brown honeyeater_named_oct 2017

One thing he enjoyed was a huge dish he filled with Sunflower seed, much to my displeasure. I bought him a wild bird mix as it was healthier for the birds but he persisted with his sunflower seeds. His verandah was always overflowing with sunflower seed husks that the Rainbow Lorikeets, King Parrots and other birds came to his place and feed. The King Parrots still hang around my place but the number of Rainbow Lorikeets has dropped. I don’t have any photos of his big bowl bird feeder.

OK. Back to his garden. These are a selection of his day Lilies. He loved the Port Wine Lily best. I hope I have one of these to remember him by.
geoffs garden_day lily01_named_oct 2017

If you look in the background, you can see some of his chooks as well.
geoffs garden_day lily03_named_oct 2017

It was a bit of pot luck in getting some of the day lilies as he wasn’t very well and couldn’t remember which plant was which until it flowered. The Yellow Day Lily was a lovely splash of yellow in his garden.
geoffs garden_day lily02_named_oct 2017

The pink variety was stunning to come across wandering about Geoffs Garden.
geoffs garden_day lily04_named_oct 2017

I have had a number of the Leopard Lilies in my garden. One of the first plants he gave me.
geoffs garden_leopard lily_named_oct 2017

At the back of his house he built a garden complete with rocks he made from concrete. After a few years you couldn’t tell that they weren’t real bush rocks. Among these “rocks” Geoff planted Golden Lycras. When they flowered the back garden was a blaze with yellow. I have so many around my garden as he was always lifting the bulbs and giving them away.
geoffs garden_golden lycras_named_oct 2017

Here is the Iris which has been on a number of my posts but not from this angle.
geoffs garden_iris_top_named_oct 2017

The Iris with bonus Stingless Native Bees who loved the Iris
geoffs garden_iris_bees_named_oct 2017

Geoff had a nice selection of Gerberas. This one was a rare Gerbera he had.
geoffs garden_gerbera apricot_named_oct 2017

The pink Gerbera really stood out in the garden.
geoffs garden_gerbera pink_named_oct 2017

Geoffs favourite flower probably was Hippeastrums. His garden was filled with all colours of Hippeastrums. It is a pity I don’t have a full record of these wonderful flowers.
geoffs garden_hippeastrum03_named_oct 2017

This Hippeastrum is currently blooming in the pot that I collected from Geoffs Garden
geoffs garden_hippeastrum01_named_oct 2017

The orange Hippeastrum was unusual.
geoffs garden_hippeastrum05_named_oct 2017

Another stunning colour
geoffs garden_hippeastrum06_named_oct 2017

This is one of my favourites.
geoffs garden_hippeastrum04_named_oct 2017

The almost white Hippeastrum is another rare one. Geoff also had a green Hippeastrum but I couldn’t remember which part of his garden the flower was in.
geoffs garden_hippeastrum02_named_oct 2017

Geoff loved the fragrance of Frangipannis.
geoffs garden_frangipani_white_named_oct 2017

This Frangipanni greeted you as you came up the driveway to the house.
geoffs garden_frangipani_apricot_named_oct 2017
Finally, here is Geoff just a short while before he had to go into care. He was a crusty old coot but a good friend.

Good bye mate

geoff_named_oct 2017

This is September: the other bits

Well here is the second installment of This is September. Here is an assortment of stuff but mainly nature.

First off I’d like to let you know my sad news. My elderly neighbour and good friend Geoff, the bloke who gave me this beautiful Iris, died earlier this week. I have so many plants from his wonderful garden, perhaps a future blog, that I will always have good memories especially when the plants flower and spread sunshine to my garden.
iris_geoffs_named_home_sept 2017

I might as well stay on the flowers that managed to bloom despite the lack of rain. Orange Trumpet flowers hang from the shed.
orange trumpet flower_named_home_sept 2017

The Bromiliad flowers are most unusual
bromiliad flower_named_home_sept 2017

The Pansys battled on with a watering every now and then.
pansy_yellow_named_binna burra_sept 2017

I like the lion face in this Pansy
pansy_orange_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The Rose Geraniums flowered looking so spectacular dotted through the garden
rose geranium_named_home_sept 2017

Most of the flowers also had other things happening too. Can you find the insect on the Westringia? Hint it’s a bee
westringia_named_home-sept 2017

The butterflies liked resting on the Westringia. Not sure if this is a Grass Dart or a Skipper
grass dart or skipper_named_home_sept 2017

Stingless Native Bees were a buzz about the Orange Trumpet flowers.
orange trumpet flower_stingless native bees_named_home_sept 2017

Other bees likes to get among the Grevilleas
bee_honey gem_named_home_sept 2017

The Wisteria came out to bloom for a few weeks. Wanderer Butterflies were attracted to the flowers perfume.
wanderer butterfly_wisteria_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Another sign of Spring is Orchard Swallowtails in the garden.
orchard swallowtail butterfly01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

One of the biggest butterflies that come around the garden.
orchard swallowtail butterfly02_side_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Some moths are hard to find when they sit on the ground
moth hidden_named_home_august 2017

Other butterflies are rather small like this Barred Skipper who didn’t mind resting on a leaf
barred skipper_named_home_sept 2017

Do you remember the Assassin Bug photo? Here is the full photo
assasin bug_bananas_named_home_sept 2017

Come warmer weather, spider webs appear. The St Andrews Cross Spider didn’t quite get the “this is what a cross looks like” memo
st andrews cross spider_web_named_home_sept 2017

I din’t think he cares very much
st andrews cross spider_named_home_sept 2017

Insects are everywhere. Some like to see what you are doing on the computer
insect on screen_named_home_sept 2017

Just a fly sitting on a leaf
fly_named_binna burra_sept 2017

An ant scurried away when it saw the camera
ant_pentas_named_home_sept 2017

A Common Yellow Butterfly shows the birds how to hide among the leaves
common yellow butterfly_named_home_sept 2017

Some leaves look  wonderful. The colours the White Fig leaves turn merge so well
leaf_fig_named_home_sept 2017

The sunlight on the Bottlebrush leaf drew my attention. This is without the photo bombing bee
bottlebrush_leaf_colour_named_home_sept 2017

The Bloodwood Tree nuts litter the forest floor
bloodwood nuts_named_home_sept 2017

On a walk we came across a Spotted Gum with interesting bark patterns and lumps. What can you see?
tree bumps_named_home_sept 2017

The Ironbark looked like it had a claw emerging down its trunk.
tree claw_named_home_sept 2017

Can you see a cat?
tree cat_named_home_sept 2017

We saw a bear…can you?
tree bear_named_home_sept 2017

The Silk Tree pods are like orange velvet in the tree tops
silk tree pod_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Sometimes the pods drop with their seeds intact
silk tree pod_seeds_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The Agave looked lovely in the morning sun
agave_pot_named_home_sept 2017

The Skink hung on to the bricks as it surveyed the scene on the church in Grafton
skink_named_grafton_sept 2017

The Joeys are now too big to fit in the pouch any more
red necked wallaby_joey_named_home_sept 2017
The Spring sunsets have been amazingsunset01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The sun is almost gone so it’s time to say see ya later.
sunset02_named_binna burra_sept 2017

This is September: The birds

G’day,
September, the first month of Spring but still no rain. The last drop of rain I have had was 6mls on the 6th July. Good news is there was 21mls over the last weekend. The dry Winter and September didn’t  stop the Grevillieas from flowering. I didn’t include many Grevilleas in this or the next blog. You can see them here from a previous blog. But I digress. This part of This is September is just the birds. The next blog is everything else as I looked at the number of photos and there are too many for one blog. I didn’t want your cuppa to get cold scrolling through or fall asleep before the end.

Ready……..lets get going.

The first lot are birds who are not very good at hiding, although some were just sheltering from the heat of the day probably.

The Australian Raven gave the game away by incessantly calling.
australian raven_hiding_named_grafton_sept 2017

The Noisy Friarbird was in the Sweet Pittosporum
noisy friarbird_hiding_named_home_sept 2017

The Little Friarbird was hiding behind the Mago
little friarbird_looking_named_home_sept 2017

The Striated Thornbill was hiding in the Hibiscus
striated thornbill_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Can you spot the White-throated Treecreeper?
white throated tree creeper_hiding_named_home_sept 2017

The Figbird was trying to be inconspicuous
fig bird_named_home_sept 2017

Little Friarbirds don’t hide very well do they?
little friarbird_hiding_named_home_sept 2017

I love seeing the Variegated Fairy Wrens hopping through the garden. They usually come in small flocks looking among the bushes and flowers for insects or heading to the birdbath.
The females are hard to see aren’t they?
variegated fairy wren_female_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Whereas the males really stand out
variegated fairy wren_males_named_binna burra_sept 2017

They are so cute when they sit together
variegated fairy wren_male_female_named_binna burra_sept 2017

As the weather has been very warm, almost Summer temperatures, the bird bath was the place to be. The Little Friarbird came for a drink.
little friarbird_birdbath01_named_home_sept 2017

Bottoms up
little friarbird_drinking_birdbath_named_home_sept 2017

Looking about before having another drink
little friarbird_birdbath_named_home_sept 2017

A Spangled Drongo seemed to have a gargle
spangled drongo_birdbath_named_home_sept 2017

While a White-throated Treecreeper jumped in and splashed about
white throated treecreeper_birdbath_splash_named_home-sept 2017

Sometimes you can emerge from the birdbath looking a bit bedraggled like this White-throated Honeyeater
white throated honeyeater_birdbath_named_home_sept 2017

Eastern Whipbirds love the birdbath
whipbird01_in birdbath_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Almost ready for another dip
whipbird02_birdbath_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Lewins Honeyeaters like the mosaics of this birdbath
lewins honeyeater_named_binna burra_sept 2017
Of course there are birds who live in the water. Darters enjoy a swim
darter_named_grafton_sept 2017
While other birds prefer to be in the trees. Blue-faced Honeyeaters enjoy lunch
blue faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2017

blue faced honeyeater01_named_home_sept 2017

Figbirds wonder what other birds are doing
figbird_looking_named_home_sept 2017

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on sticks
yellow faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2017

A regular Spring visitor is the Rufous Whistler who sing their little hearts out during the day
rufous whistler_named_home_sept 2017

The Square-tailed Kites have come back to their nest from last year to raise more chicks
square tailed kite_nest_named_home_sept 2017

Other birds don’t mind a stroll about. A Grey-shrike Thrush hopped about the leaf litter
grey shrike thrush_named_binna burra_sept 2017

On their regular patrol around the garden, the Wonga Pigeons stopped for a drink.
wongas_named_binna burra_sept 2017

A Common Bronzewing takes a walk along the road
common bronzewing_named_home_sept 2017

I like the first signs of Spring when the Rufous Whistler and the Spangled Drongos arrive at my place. Did you have a favourite bird?

 

Why it takes me ages to do stuff

I often go outside to do things around the house such as splitting firewood, or a bit of gardening, work on the car for instance. Sometimes I get asked “Where have you been? You’ve been gone for ages and lunch/dinner is ready.” Or “What has taken you so long? You were just going to split a wheelbarrow of firewood.”

Well, you see I have some helpers. Oh, so you have helpers I hear you say. So it shouldn’t take you very long to do stuff if there are helpers!!!

My helpers are always there whenever I go outside, ready to be with me to see what they can do to make my jobs a lot easier. Yes, everywhere I go they always tag along to make sure I do a good job.

This is how they help in the garden.
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Just so you know I had put a small plant in the garden right there.
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“Did you say something?” she said.
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At the chopping block. I am always telling them to watch out as a block of wood flies off the block.
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“Hey. Got any white ants or bugs up here?” If I stop to get another block to split, there is always a chook up there!
chooks_block_looking_named_home_2017

Now you would think that working on the car, compressor going, the sound of air tools and perhaps a bit of language from me, would be not the place to be wouldn’t you?
chooks_under car_named_home_2017

“I think I’ll settle in here for a while.”
chook_under car_named_home_2017

I love my chooks and don’t really mind with their “help”……most of the time.